§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to complete the plans for the standard maternity component of the standard nucleus hospital; what will be the number of beds in the unit; and what will be the estimated cost at current prices.
§ Dr. Owen
My Department's contribution to the design work on the maternity unit for use in nucleus hospitals is expected to be complete by early 1977. The total number of beds in each hospital unit will depend on local requirements and will be achieved through linked ward sections each containing about 25 beds; the maternity unit will also contain a delivery suite and a special care baby unit. Cost information is not available at this stage of the design work.